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Marx After Marxism: The Philosophy of Karl Marx

Marx After Marxism: The Philosophy of Karl Marx

Tom Rockmore

ISBN: 978-0-470-69618-7 April 2008 Wiley-Blackwell 248 Pages



Marx After Marxism encourages readers to understand Karl Marx in new ways, unencumbered by political Marxist interpretations that have long dominated the discussions of both Marxists and non-Marxists. This volume gives a broad and accessible account of Marx's philosophy and emphasizes his relationship to Hegel.
List of Abbreviations..


1. Hegel, Marx, and Marxism.

On Distinguishing between Marx and Marxism.

Engels and the Marxist View of Marx.

Marx and Engels.

About Marx's Texts.

Marx, Engels, and Marx's Texts.

Interpreting Marx's Texts.

Hegel as a Way into Marx.

Marx and Hegel's Philosophy of Right.

Philosophical Economics, the Industrial Revolution, and Adam Smith.

Hegel and Economics.

Hegel on Property.

Marx and Hegel: Some Tentative Conclusions..

2. Marx's Early Writings.

Marx's Life and Thought.

Marx's Early Writings.

Hegelianism in Marx's Dissertation.

Feuerbach and Marx's Early Critique of Hegel.

More Early Criticism of Hegel: "On the Jewish Question".

More Early Criticism of Hegel: "Contribution to the Critique of "Hegel's 'Philosophy.

of Right': Introduction".

Introduction to the Paris Manuscripts.

Engels and Marx's Economic View of Modern Society.

Marx's Theory of Alienation.

Criticism of Hegel in the Paris Manuscripts.

Marxian humanism, Philosophy and Political Economy..

3. Marx's Transitional Writings.

"Theses on Feuerbach".

The German Ideology.

The Poverty of Philosophy.

Grundrisse: Foundations of the Critique of Political Economy..

4. Marx's Mature Economic Writings.

Preface to A Contribution to the Critique of Political Economy.

Capital: A Critique of Political Economy.

The Publication History of Capital.

Prefatory Materials for Capital.


5. Marx and Hegel Revisited.

Prior Discussion of Marx's Relation to Hegel.

Hegel in Marx's Writings.

Hegel and Marx on Private Property.

Hegel and Marx on History and Freedom.

Hegel and Marx's Critique of Political Economy.

Hegel and Marx's Theory of Political Economy.

Marx the Hegelian..

6. Marx the Hegelian.

Kant's Copernican Revolution in Philosophy.

Hegel and History.

Contradiction and Marx's Economic Approach to History.

Contradiction, Identity, and Commodities in Capital.

Marx and Contemporary Philosophy.

Select Bibliography.


"After a period of drought in serious Marx scholarship, the publication of Rockmore's book, at once so well informed and so informative in both philosophical and historical terms, is a marker event. It makes a strong and clear case, by means of a careful survey of Marx's own texts, for resituating him in the tradition of German idealism and separating him from the accrued excess baggage of later ‘Marxisms." William L. McBride, Purdue University <!--end-->

"The decline of communism has been accompanied by a decline in interest in Marx. Rockmore's Marx After Marxism is the beginning of a new assessment of Marx that will help reverse that trend. The book's overall stance concerns what Marx got out of Hegel at different times in his own development. Rockmore also gives a fine account of Marx's main work in political economy, especially the central ideas of Capital; this is where any Marx revival should focus in providing a critique of our own society." Robert Nola, University of Auckland

  • Provides a thorough account of Marx as a philosopher, distinguishing his views from those often associated with Marxism

  • Discusses many of Marx's key works

  • Offers a fresh alternative to past readings of Marx's works

  • Contains distinctive historical observations regarding Marx's intellectual and social context